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978-0-471-64810-9 / 9780471648109

Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic

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Publisher:Wiley

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Identity theft is the fastestgrowing whitecollar crime in America. It strikes ordinary citizens and celebrities alike. This crime of the twentyfirst century is profitable, nearly unpreventable, and hardly ever prosecuted. Some estimates say that nearly ten million Americans each year become victims–and the crime shows no sign of letting up. Your Evil Twin: Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic covers this exploding crime from every possible angle. Filled with realworld identity theft horror stories (from both the criminal’s and victim’s perspective) as well as practical advice that can help you protect yourself, this book examines the institutions, industries, and individuals that have allowed identity theft to spread, and probes the tepid solutions now being cobbled together by the industry and government to curb this crime.Author and identity theft expert Bob Sullivan agrees that criminals should, without a doubt, be blamed for this crisis, but he also notes that so should those entrusted with our identities. Sullivan digs deep to reveal how institutions designed to protect our identities have let us down, while corporate America–in choosing profits over privacy–has shirked much of its responsibility for the problem. You’ll receive an upclose look at some of the most troubling issues associated with the identity theft epidemic, including:How criminal, domestic, child, and elder identity theft is perpetratedWhy government agencies have been so slow to react to this problem and how our nation’s identification systems–birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and Social Security cards–are so easily dupedHow credit card companies who, in their rush to push the miracle of instant credit, have created some of the systematic flaws that allow identity theft to be profitable in the first place.

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